Job 26:2
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English Standard Version
“How you have helped him who has no power! How you have saved the arm that has no strength!

King James Bible
How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?

American Standard Version
How hast thou helped him that is without power! How hast thou saved the arm that hath no strength!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whose helper art thou? is it of him that is weak? and dost thou hold up the arm of him that has no strength?

English Revised Version
How hast thou helped him that is without power! how hast thou saved the arm that hath no strength!

Webster's Bible Translation
How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

1 Then began Bildad the Shuhite, and said:

2 Dominion and terror are with Him,

He maketh peace in His high places.

3 Is there any number to His armies,

And whom doth not His light surpass?

4 How could a mortal be just with God,

And how could one born of woman be pure?

5 Behold, even the moon, it shineth not brightly,

And the stars are not pure in His eyes.

6 How much less mortal man, a worm,

And the son of man, a worm!

Ultimum hocce classicum, observes Schultens, quod a parte triumvirorum sonuit, magis receptui canentis videtur, quam praelium renovantis. Bildad only repeats the two commonplaces, that man cannot possibly maintain his supposedly perverted right before God, the all-just and all-controlling One, to whom, even in heaven above, all things cheerfully submit, and that man cannot possibly be accounted spotlessly pure, and consequently exalted above all punishment before Him, the most holy One, before whom even the brightest stars do not appear absolutely pure. המשׁל is an inf. abs. made into a substantive, like השׁקט; the Hiph. (to cause to rule), which is otherwise causative, can also, like Kal, signify to rule, or properly, without destroying the Hiphil-signification, to exercise authority (vid., on Job 31:18); המשׁל therefore signifies sovereign rule. עשׂה, with הוּא to be supplied, which is not unfrequently omitted both in participial principal clauses (Job 12:17., Psalm 22:29; Isaiah 26:3; Isaiah 29:8; Isaiah 40:19, comp. Zechariah 9:12, where אני is to be supplied) and in partic. subordinate clauses (Psalm 7:10; Psalm 55:20; Habakkuk 2:10), is an expression of the simple praes., which is represented by the partic. used thus absolutely (including the personal pronoun) as a proper tense-form (Ew. 168, c, 306, d). Schlottman refers עשׂה to המשׁל ופהד; but the analogy of such attributive descriptions of God is against it. Umbreit and Hahn connect בּמרומיו with the subject: He in His heights, i.e., down from His throne in the heavens. But most expositors rightly take it as descriptive of the place and object of the action expressed: He establishes peace in His heights, i.e., among the celestial beings immediately surrounding Him. This, only assuming the abstract possibility of discord, might mean: facit magestate sua ut in summa pace et promptissima obedientia ipsi ministrent angeli ipsius in excelsis (Schmid). But although from Job 4:18; Job 15:15, nothing more than that even the holy ones above are neither removed from the possibility of sin nor the necessity of a judicial authority which is high above them, can be inferred; yet, on the other hand, from Job 3:8; Job 9:13 (comp. Job 26:12.), it is clear that the poet, in whose conception, as in scripture generally, the angels and the stars stand in the closest relation, knows of actual, and not merely past, but possibly recurring, instances of hostile dissension and titanic rebellion among the celestial powers; so that עשׂה שׁלום, therefore, is intended not merely of a harmonizing reconciliation among creatures which have been contending one against another, but of an actual restoration of the equilibrium that had been disturbed through self-will, by an act of mediation and the exercise of judicial authority on the part of God.

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how has thou (Bildad had produced no argument to refute Job's doctrine; and therefore Job ironically admires the assistance which Bildad had given to his friends in their extremity, and the instruction he had afforded him in his perplexity.)

Job 12:2 No doubt but you are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.

1 Kings 18:27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing...


Job 4:3,4 Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands...

Job 6:25 How forcible are right words! but what does your arguing reprove?

Job 16:4,5 I also could speak as you do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake my head at you...

Isaiah 35:3,4 Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees...

Isaiah 40:14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge...

Isaiah 41:5-7 The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came...

Cross References
Job 6:11
What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should be patient?

Job 6:12
Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze?

Job 6:13
Have I any help in me, when resource is driven from me?

Job 26:1
Then Job answered and said:

Job 26:3
How you have counseled him who has no wisdom, and plentifully declared sound knowledge!

Psalm 71:9
Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent.

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